The Festival is one of the best heritage that must be preserved for posterity and should remain a part of our heritage!
The word Ginalutan is taken from the native word "Galot" which means Clay Soil. Ginalutan is basically a procedure of transforming galot into a ceramic product. It is not easy to make a ceramic product as it needs a laborious process to get it perfect. This has been one of the source of income for the early inhabitants of the island town of Maripipi.
The dance steps are patterned after the movements of the workers who made the ceramics in line with the way they carry the clay in their hands. Likewise, the body gestures and the facial expressions reflect the hardships experience by the workers during the processing of the ceramic products. Props are added to provide colors to the performance and make the "dance steps" more glamorous.
The Ginalutan Festival was first introduced in 1997 and has developed into a beautiful and memorable competition, participated in by two categories, the elementary and high school. Big prizes offered in the competition have brought willingness and attraction to participate in it. Everyone who have seen the contest have nothing but great appreciation to everyone behind the performances. This is one of the reasons that Maripipians from across the globe would come home during the Annual Fiesta Celebration, aside from the heartwarming reunion with family and friends, combined with a lot of eating, partying and all the other spiritual religious and entertaining community activities. The Hermana Mayors in each year always give their support to the realization of the Festival, and they make it the highlight of the Fiesta Celebration. The development of the Festival is also thanks to the support from the generous people here and abroad
In some years the community would add accompanying activities like the search for Ginalutan Festival Queen in the hopes of increasing the Island's Tourism.
Maripipi would enter Ginalutan Festival in the province-wide Festival Competition, which has become the reason for it becoming known among Biliranons.
The Festival is one of the best heritage that must be preserved for posterity and should remain a part of our heritage. Today under the current government administration, the Festival is included as one of the community programs - a way of making Maripipi a tourism destination in Biliran Province.
Viva Sr. San Miguel!